General Studies/Educational Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Arts in General Studies (Educational Studies)

Credits required 60

Dean

Ulli Ryder, ulli.ryder@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Catherine Adamowicz, Coordinator of Elementary Education & Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities, and Professor of English, catherine.adamowicz@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: GS

Concentration Code:  GSED

Program Goals Statement

This program concentration provides students an opportunity to explore the Education programs available at the College, including Early Childhood, Elementary and Deaf Studies Education.  These programs enroll individuals aspiring to become educators of preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 - 6.  Employment as educators in these fields require candidates to complete a Bachelor's degree for initial certification by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  To make this transfer smoother, the College has transfer agreements with several colleges and universities.

Program Information

  • Students in all Education programs are required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) check. A positive CORI check would prevent a student from engaging in any field-related course work, including Teaching Practicum.
  • Students interested in the Early Childhood Education programs must pass a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations or titres (blood to prove immunity) to be accepted.  A TB test is required each year.  Health insurance is also required.
  • Students interested in the Elementary Education program are required to complete a foreign language at the 02 level at BCC or three years of foreign language at the high school level with a "C" average or better will be required for the program.  Discuss foreign language requirements for transfer with the coordinator.
  • For students interested in Deaf Studies Education who have taken non-credit "sign language classes" in the past, or are heritage signers(Deaf/signing family) or have taken two or more ASL classes in high school with a "B" or better, should meet with the program director.

After BCC

  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer.
  • For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

EDU 101College Success Seminar for Education

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

MTH 127Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:19

Choose one Education Course

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

ECE 125Social Emotional Development of School-Age Child

3 credits

Choose one Humanities Course

ASL 101Elementary American Sign Language I

3 credits

PHL 153Philosophy of Education

3 credits

Choose one Laboratory Science Course

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

SCI 113Physical Science

4 credits


Choose one Program Exploratory Course

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

4 credits

ECE 112Observing, Recording, and Analyzing Early Childhood Settings

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one Technical Literacy Course

Waived for students who have successfully completed two (2) online courses.

Program Electives

  • Consult with your advisor to select college-level courses to achieve a total of at least 60 credits.
  • Students should complete the required General Courses as early as possible.
  • Recommended Electives (provided the Admissions requirements and other prerequisites have been met) include: ASL, COM, DST, ECE, EDU, GVT, HST, HUM, MTH, ENG, PHL, PSY, SOC, and SSC.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

MTH 127Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I

3 credits

EDU 101College Success Seminar for Education

1 credit

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

Or

ECE 125Social Emotional Development of School-Age Child

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Students should complete required developmental courses without delay.

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

Program Exploratory Course

Humanities Elective

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

Program Electives

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Program Electives

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